28 Sep
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Cake Decorating at Howlands

Cake decorating at Howlands doesn’t get any better than our last session set-up and run by the recently catering management lecturer, Julia Fenton.

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Both members and volunteers took part in this new activity. One of our members, Amanda, said “It was really good to do something totally different to our usual activities.”

While Judith said, “The best bit is that you can eat what you have made.”

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Brenda enjoyed herself so much that she has ordered a kit off the internet and is going to teach her granddaughter how to decorate cakes.

Many other members have shown interest in the course so happily we are planning to run more courses in the near future. Watch this space!

30 Aug
Autumn Quiz coming to Shaw Cross Boys Club

Autumn Quiz coming to Shaw Cross Boys Club

The Autumn Quiz is coming to Shaw Cross Boys Club during the season of mists and mellow fruitness.

Leave the date free for Dawn’s Autumn quiz Friday the 4th of October 2019 from 7pm at Shaw Cross Boys Club, Shaw Cross, Dewsbury. Book your places early and sit back and look forward to and evening of fun and food.

Autumn Quiz coming to Shaw Cross Boys ClubTickets are available from Dawn Field in person, via our Facebook page, or on the night at the door. Please let Dawn know of your attendance beforehand so the correct amount of food can be orderd.

As always the proceeds will go towards Howlands, your local community hub, let’s make it a great evening. It would be good to see you all there.

Many thanks.


9 Jul
One Stop Convenience Stores warehouse staff raise money

One Stop Convenience Store Raises Money for Howlands

One Stop Convenience Stores warehouse staff raise moneyOne Stop Convenience Store warehouse staff have raised two hundred and fifty pounds for Howlands.

Following some lively games of boccia, organised by Holly Sheen of Sports World, Simon Williams from One Stop presented a check for two hundred and fifty pounds to Dawn Field a trustee of Howlands.

To show our appreciation and that of the members Tom Ellis presented Simon with a piece of original artwork produced in-house by a Howlands member.

We were very lucky to have welcome our “new” councillor Aleks Lukic to the Centre.
We very much appreciated his kind words of praise for the work we do. We hope that he will be able to visit us again in the future.

Many thanks One Stop, without your generosity we wouldn’t be able to offer the range of activities on offer to those in the community who need it the most.

Pictured back row: is Tom Ellis (Volunteer), Dawn Field (Trustee), Holly Sheen (Sports World), John Jackson (Member)
Front Row: Simon Williams (One Stop) Kevin Walton (Member) Aleks Lukic (Local Councillor)

8 May

Neighbourhood Policing Takes on New Meaning

Neighbourhood policing took on a completely new meaning in Dewsbury when Howlands received a rather official visit from a group of Police Horses.
Pleasantly surprised by the unprompted visit from the patrolling mounted police officers, Howlands members, and volunteers were eager to learn more and be introduced to these very special horses.
Deborah Hall, manager of Howlands, said:  “The visit was totally unexpected and the members were really pleased to go out into the sunshine and spend some time admiring the horses.”
Pictured here are our members, Pam Long and Paul Radforth talking to the officers and of course saying hello to horses.
Thank you for the visit, it was vey much appreciated.
12 Apr
Howlands Visited by Prince's Trust

Prince’s Trust visit Howlands

12345A group of young people from the Prince’s Trust visited Howlands as part of a 12 week course “Team Programme” run by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.


The programme is to help young peoples’ personal development and demonstrates the impact they can make within the local community. The trainees spent time speaking to Howlands members about fire safety in the home.


It was a very successful afternoon which gave our members and  Prince’s Trust Volunteers the opportunity to get to know  each other better.

5 Mar
Pictured left to right: Stanley Dorr, Holly Sheen, from Sport Works,  Kevin Walton, Mandy Ross, and Nigel Parkinson.
Maureen Sheard, Pam Long, Brenda Sunderland.

Pancake Day and Sports Activities at Howlands

Pancake Day and sports activities… it’s all go at Howlands, and we must say a huge thank you to Sport Works Ltd who organised sports activities for our members and volunteers to take enjoy.
Following our funding from Sport England the Howlands now benefits from sporting activities such as Chairobics, Boccia, Curling, and mini-Olympics being run at Howlands until the end of the year.
Pictured are our members enjoying the latest sporting activity, but with a twist – pancake tossing!
Our pancake preparation is part of our Shrove Tuesday legend which celebrates ” The Pancake Dog” who proudly stands on the roof of Howlands waiting to be summoned by the ringing of a bell on Pancake Day to leap down to eat his pancake.
I must have missed him – the pancakes have gone though!
For more details about the sports activities we provide please contact Deborah Hall on 01924 463693
Pictured left to right: Stanley Dorr, Holly Sheen, from Sport Works,  Kevin Walton, Mandy Ross, and Nigel Parkinson.   Maureen Sheard, Pam Long, Brenda Sunderland.

Pictured left to right: Stanley Dorr, Holly Sheen, from Sport Works, Kevin Walton, Mandy Ross, and Nigel Parkinson.
Maureen Sheard, Pam Long, Brenda Sunderland.

21 Feb

Sport Works is a Hit at Howlands

Sport Works is a massive hit at Howlands as members take advantage of the sports programmes on offer.
Pictured is Howland member Kevin taking part in one of the sessions supported by Holly Sheen, a trained and talented Sport Works staff member.
Take advantage of this highly inclusive programme with tailored care and support throughout. Join us on Friday afternoon and have a go, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll be able to get involved in.
 We’d like to give Holly and her colleague Simon Leonard a special mention for their hard work and organising everything extremely well to make the sessions  enjoyable and inclusive for everyone involved.
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Howlands Launches Sports Activities in 2019

Get active in the New Year and take advantage of the new sports activities on offer throughout 2019 at Howlands starting on January the 11th.

Join us for some gentle exercise actives and socialise with your friends whilst taking part in activities such as curling, boccia, chai-robics and mini-Olympics!

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Friday 11th January 2019

1.00pm – 3.00pm

Howlands Centre, Dewsbury

For More Info Contact

Deborah at Howlands Centre on 01924 463 693

or email

22 Nov

It’s Getting Festive at Howlands

Our members have been getting very festive whilst making stars.
The stars will  be displayed at the Dewsbury Light Switch on at 3.00 pm on Saturday the 1st of December.
The making of the stars was organised by Creative Scene and run by Brian Tweddle and Donna Ramsden.
IMG_2531-1Our members were delighted to take part in the star making and were amazed how they looked when they were illuminated.
15 Nov
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 Halloween Raffle Success

A Thousand Thanks to all our supporters.
We would like to thank everyone who supported our recent Halloween Raffle which raised £1,000.
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This is a terrific amount of money to be raised by a raffle.

Particular thanks must be given to Christine Sykes who sourced many of the prizes including the Television.

Without your support we would not have achieved this wonderful amount. A big effort was made by everyone involved and we raised twice as much as anything we have ever achieved before.